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Anna and Annette Leivestad pose in front of portraits of Norwegian ancestors during a past Norwegian Heritage Day festival.

Leif Erikson Lodge to celebrate Norwegian heritage with a 5k fun run and festivities-filled day

The annual Norwegian Heritage Day and Taste of Norway celebration is coming up on March 24 at Ballard's Leif Erikson Lodge.

The festivities will begin with a 5k Leif-to-Leif Fun run/walk, which takes participants from the Leif Erikson Lodge to the Leif Erikson statue at Shilshole and back. All participants get waffles and a Norwegian flag, and winners will be celebrated.

The Norwegian Heritage Day and Taste of Norway will take place at the lodge from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. and festivities will include Norwegian handicrafts, live music, and dance performances.

An array of traditional Norwegian food will be offered such as lapskaus, rømmergrøt, krumkake, lefse, vafler, and smørbrød.

There will also be a genealogy table where people with Norwegian ancestry can find out more about their family roots.

At 3:00 p.m. there will be a bunad parade with men, women and children wearing traditional Norwegian clothing.

Lodge admission is free and open to the public. Run/Walk is $10 for adults, $5 for students.

Registration for the run/walk starts at 8:00 a.m. registration. Race starts at 9:00 a.m.

Cultural Heritage Day & Taste of Norway will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 NW 57th St.

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